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US-Colombian op nets huge cocaine haul in Caribbean

A package of cocaine is displayed during a press conference on April 15, 2013, in Cali, Colombia
A package of cocaine is displayed during a press conference on April 15, 2013, in Cali, Colombia

US and Colombian anti-drugs agents cooperated in a massive bust in the southern Caribbean that led to the confiscation of 1,450 kilos of cocaine, authorities said Sunday.

Police in Colombia said they tipped off their American counterparts that a "go-fast" boat suspected of carrying the drugs, allegedly belonging to the Los Urabenos gang, had departed from the town of Manaure, in Guajira.

"After we shared the info with the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) they alerted the US Navy which intercepted the (Colombian) boat in international waters," the statement added.

The boat had been bound for the Dominican Republic and was carrying 1,450 kilos (3,197 lbs) of cocaine, the police statement said.

So far, four Venezuelans and a Colombian have been detained in the case.

The five suspects were transferred to Tampa, Florida, where they are expected to be charged, the Colombian statement added.

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